Last night I made a comment along the lines of, “I always enjoy learning.” What I meant at the time was that I enjoy the process of learning so much I rarely even care what the subject is. All knowledge has value. And it always seems that when you learn something particularly obscure it will pop up in a conversation in the next couple of days.
I’ve been reading The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin recently, so I’ve been thinking about the topic a little. There’s a stack of things I would like to learn in great detail. I would like to speak 3 languages fluently, I would like to learn 2 programming languages, I would like post-graduate level understanding of physics and economics, etc…
So what’s stopping me from learning these things? Just one thing – I actually hate learning. I didn’t realize it until this morning. What I love is the feeling of just having learned something. I love the retention of that knowledge – the addition to my mental arsenal. I love the opportunity to demonstrate intelligence through the use of that knowledge.
A couple of years ago I wrote something on why I went to Gunsmithing school. As near as I can remember I’ve never posted it anywhere. Here’s a quote from it:
So, on to cooking. Strange thing about my love of cooking – I don’t think I have one. I have a like of cooking, but I’m not sure it’s a passion. I love eating… cooking is really just a necessary evil, a means to an ends.